Katie the Project Manager of Leeds Street Angels tells us more about the project and Leeds Purple Flag Award in this #MonthOfPurple...
Tell us about the Project:
Leeds Street Angels have been operating in Leeds city centre since January 2012. We seek to show the love of God to anyone who is or could become vulnerable in the nightlife. We're out and about until the early hours of the morning on Friday and some Saturday nights offering practical help and a listening ear. On a patrol night we work alongside others in the night time economy such as West Yorkshire Police, the Evening Ambassadors, British Transport Police and security staff.
How did you work with others towards your community receiving the Purple Flag?
Leeds Street Angels is a part of the ongoing partnership work with many other agencies that worked toward Leeds receiving Purple Flag status and maintaining it. Our contribution is in our offer of help and assistance toward the safety and well being of the public during the nightlife to help make Leeds a safer night out. Check out the video we're in here: welcometoleeds.co.uk/channel/nightlife/video/purple-flag/
Please share some stories of your project in action that contributes to the Purple Flag in action:
We have an amazing group of volunteers and the partnership work with other organisations was and still is significant in enabling us to work effectively on a patrol night. For example, during one patrol night our team were requested via the radio to attend to a male lying on the floor near the entrance to a car park. We had been radioed by one of the Street Cleansing team who we see regularly at the weekend night street briefings led by the police. When we arrived we were able to ascertain the man was conscious but would be vulnerable if left alone. Our team remained with him for an hour or so during which time he told us about some mental health issues and we were then able to seek medical assistance based on what he said. We were well equipped for this situation as some of our team had recently received training in Mental Health First Aid through a contact at the Angels of Freedom who also work in Leeds. While we were helping the individual the staff member from the Street Cleansing team was able to radio to the CCTV control room, Leeds Watch, to see if they had anything on camera as they believed he'd had his phone stolen earlier in the evening. This is one example of how partnership working came together to ensure this particular man was helped to a place of safety.